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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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Old 04-17-2016, 03:12 PM
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I have two budgies currently, male and female, and am in love with birds. They are my first birds and I am fairly new to the online bird community and I was wondering if, like with many other online animal communities, breeding done by individuals was discouraged? I would like to allow my birds to breed one clutch and handle the chicks so they will be nice and hand tame. I have two flight cages to separate male and female after the breeding and am willing to put lots of work into the babies. Any thoughts on this?

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Hi Danielle and welcome to the forum.

I believe the following post will indicate our feelings on breeding budgies.

A heartfelt plea to forum members

There are a lot of things to consider and this goes through a lot of them. If you have any questions after reading, please feel free to ask.
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Greetings and welcome to the forum.on breeding please make sure you read upon our stickies or threads as they are called.study up well.it takes a lot of knowledge and commitment,being prepared and vet cost.not to discourage you,but its important for the health and well-being of your budgies.I'm no breeder,but as much as I love budgies.I wouldn't never put anything on me I'm not prepared for.I'm sure of our breeders here can assist you onthis this better.I wish you well and many happy years with your budgies.blessings and I hope all goes Well for you.we're here if you need us
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The article reinforced what I was already thinking, thank you. I am not in a hurry to breed them now or anything but instead trying to get them on a healthy diet and all that. It would be at least another 2 or 3 months before I would even have the time to start preparing for breeding. I would rather breed my own birds than buy birds from a pet store and I haven't found any breeders within a reasonable distance. I guess for now I will continue my research and consider my options.
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If you ever do breed them,I'm sure they would be so very beautiful.and I agree wished there was more budgie breeders close by.store budgies are ok,but there limted on what they get.blessings.I think I used up my two cents worth of advice here lol.
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How long have you had budgies for, Danielle?
Do you know how old they are?
Did you buy both birds at the same time, from the same pet store?
Truthfully, I do not believe two or three months would give you the confidence and knowledge that would be desirable when breeding budgies.
You also need to make sure your birds are at an appropriate age if you decide to go ahead with breeding.
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Hi Danielle,

While it's great that you love your budgies and are excited about the possibility of them raising a clutch of chicks one day, you are still very new to budgies and don't yet have the required knowledge and real life experience in budgie ownership to allow your budgies to safely breed.

From this past thread, it's clear that your budgies are still very young and in a few month's time they will not yet be ready for the task.
The minimum required age for budgies to breed is 1 year old.
https://talkbudgies.com/sexing-budgie...y-budgies.html

The decision to breed comes with a whole lot of responsibility and commitment, the lives of the breeding pair and the chicks are depending on you and the response you give if/when faced with adversity.
Things like being able to tell if your breeding pair is in good health and top physical condition to go through breeding; when a hen is expecting an egg or if she is showing the first signs of being egg bound; when a chick is having developmental problems, not being fed or showing signs of dehydration;
when there is aggression, abandonment and neglect of the chicks and it's solely up to you to feed and raise the chicks. The ability to detect early on and solve these issues can truly make a difference on the outcome of your breeding journey.

For now it's best that you continue to be acquainted with the species and to learn as much as you can about budgies by reading the wealth of information you will find here on the articles and stickies on general budgie care and breeding and by watching your budgies interact and by building a trusting bond with them.
Next year, when you feel that you are ready for the responsibility, then you can allow them to breed.
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I agree wholeheartedly with aluz's post.

I believe it is important to have a strong basis of knowledge regarding budgies and their care before one even begins the extensive research necessary before determining if they are ready to make the commitment to accept the responsibility of breeding safely and ethically.
I would recommend giving yourself a good 6 months to get to know your budgies, their personalities and to learn about budgies in general.
After that, I would suggest spend the next 6 months doing as much research as possible regarding breeding before making the decision.

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Hi Danielle!

I'm happy to hear you're aware that breeding is a big responsibility and you're not at the point where you know enough to do that yet.

You've been given great advice and I couldn't agree more

It sounds like you're well prepared to do the necessary research needed to have a healthy, happy clutch when the time comes. In the meantime, enjoy your little ones! Be sure to read those stickies!
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Hello, I agree with everyone else's replies.
While breeding budgies might seem rewarding, it is far more complicated then it is made out.
I have owned budgies for over seven years now, and I am only just considering breeding this year. Even now, I am still hesitant.
I would be vary of breeding the birds in your case, as birds in pet stores are usually related.
Pet stores also aren't always inclined to tell you their real ages, and, sadly, in most cases the staff put the profit before the safety of the birds.
It is also easier for pet stores birds to get and spread diseases.
Do you know if you birds are healthy?
Could they be French moult carriers?
If you still want to breed budgies, I would wait much longer than a couple months, until you feel as though you understand budgies well enough and you have everything down packed.
I would also suggest that you ask the pet store where they get their stock from, so you can pay the breeder a visit to make sure you are happy with where your birds have come from. It might also give you an insight on other aspects of the birds.

In the end, I am glad that you put the birds safety first, and have asked the bird community on their thoughts.
By the way, I hope you have a great time with your new birdies!

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